First published Rome, 1540, under title: Libro nuovo d'imparare a scrivere. Present ed. is reprint of ed. of 1566 (Rome : Heredi di Valerio & Aloigi Dorici). The woodcut t.p. of that ed. appears on A5r. Cancellaresca Romana is presented on leaves A5v-C3v. Leaves C4r to the end of the vol. are printed from blocks that appeared in early eds. For all the preceding see Bonacini
Colophon has "Per gli heredi di Francesco Rampazetto."
Sessa's cat and mouse device on t.p. Port. of Palatino on t.p. verso. Device with moth and candle on recto of last leaf. Ill. include writing specimens in a variety of hands, various alphabets (including Greek, Hebrew, and Cyrillic), cyphers, monograms, rebuses. Some are printed white on black. Initials, head and tail pieces
Signatures: A-G⁸ H⁶
Bonacini, C. Arti scrittorie
Binding: old mottled sheepskin(?). Spine tooled in gilt; label with title (now partly missing): COM... / DE / PALA... The edges red
Inserted in Library's copy is trimmed sheet printed with the Greek alphabet and Latin prayers. An inscription at foot of verso of last sheet (written upside down), begins: Carissimo mio padre ... Smudges and pen trials